Posts Tagged ‘TV’

How to Connect Your (Older) Mac to an HD TV with Audio — Mini-DVI to HDMI

// July 25th, 2013 // 3 Comments » // Blog

I know this isn't my usual blog post offering. I just wanted to log this solution here as it took me so long to find the answer myself.

The problem: how to connect an older Mac to an HD TV (in my case, a 2007 MacBook to an LG) so you get both the video and the audio out via the display?

What you will need:

  • Mini DVI to HDMI Male/Female Cable Adapter
  • HDMI to HDMI cable, Male/Male
  • 3.5mm Jack to 3.5mm Jack cable, Male/Male

Step 1: Connect the Video

  1. Plug the male end of the Mini-DVI to HDMI adapter into the Mac's mini-DVI port (remember, this only works for older Macs that have such a port; newer Macs have something different, so check the tech specs before tryng this at home).
  2. Connect the female end of the adapter to one end of the HDMI to HDMI cable.
  3. Now connect the other end of the HDMI cable into one of the HDMI ports of your HD TV.
  4. Switch on your MacBook and change the channel input on your TV to HDMI. The displays should automatically sync.
  5. You may need to alter the Mac Display options and/or the TV picture settings. For example, I use the 'Just Scan' screen ratio on my LG.

Step 2: Connect the Audio

The reason we need a 'Step 2' is that the Mini-DVI ports on older Macs don't transmit an audio signal; it's just video. Therefore you need to use a second cable to carry the audio out to the TV.

  1. Plug one end of the 3.5mm Jack cable into the headphones socket of your Mac.
  2. Plug the other end into the RGB/DVI audio in port of your TV.
  3. Try playing a video with sound on your Mac, making sure its volume is up and the TV isn't muted.

Side note: I did originally try connecting the audio using a 3.5mm Jack to RCA cable instead, but it didn't work because my LG TV doesn't use the RCA audio input when the video input is HDMI. It seems that other TVs do – why the difference, I don't know. I suspect it is a profit-making scheme run by the evil cable manufacturing industry.

If you have any questions… don't ask me, I barely understand this myself. All the best!

Bring On The Trumpets

// January 31st, 2009 // 10 Comments » // Blog

Something to remind us of the simple pleasures.

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Science & Islam on BBC4

// December 31st, 2008 // 10 Comments » // Blog

blue_circle_blueprintThe first episode of a new three-part documentary on Science and Islam comes out next Monday, 5th January 2009, on BBC4, at 9pm (if you miss it, catch it on BBC iPlayer):

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.


Kubrick with Robots

// August 2nd, 2008 // 5 Comments » // Blog

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Future Muslim TV Shows

// July 26th, 2008 // 11 Comments » // Blog

This week I came across several TV-related ads whilst scrolling through the Londonistan Islamic Events and Notices e-mail:


Nisaa Podcast: Interview with Dawn Bates of “Make Me a Muslim”

// February 2nd, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

Remember that show?

I talked about it quite a bit on MuslimMatters.

Well, to top it all off, I managed to wangle an interview with one of the “mentors”, Sr. Dawn Bates. She's a really nice gal, māshā’Allāh.

Check it out at

Fast Cars, Chaste Women

// December 25th, 2007 // 21 Comments » // Blog

I have found a new love.

And its name… is Top Gear.


Review of Part III of Make Me A Muslim

// December 21st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I have posted my final review! No idea why it took so long… i think i found it difficult to actually come to a solid conclusion on the show. Anyway, please head over and check it out – especially the last paragraph concerning a debate that is taking place online about how TV should deal with Muslim issues:

Review of Episode 3: With trembling fingers and bated breath, I clumsily fumbled with the remote control, in my haste to find the channel that would deliver the nail-biting conclusion of the reality TV saga that has been, Make Me A Muslim.

Okay, so I wasn't that desperate to catch the last episode, but like a great number of other British Muslims, I was certainly more than a little curious to see how our seven intrepid explorers fared, after three “gruelling” weeks of intense Islam-awareness training. And the verdict is…


Review of Part II of Make Me A Muslim

// December 18th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Sorry if i confused anyone with the link i posted yesterday – i messed up on the MM blog a bit. I have created a new entry that contains reviews for both part one and two of Make Me A Muslim:

Review of Episode 2: After my negative perception of yesterday's episode, I wasn't actually planning to review the series “Make Me A Muslim”, any further, as I frankly expected more of the same. And to be perfectly honest… I was completely wrong to do so.

Maybe it's my mood, maybe I've had more time to reflect, but in my opinion, today's episode was a vast improvement in many respects. I do believe the main reason for this was that more emphasis was placed on the spiritual nature of Islam, rather than just the rules and regulations; in fact, even Muslims forget that spirituality is at the heart of this great religion (I'll be the first to put my hand up to being guilty of this). Thus I expect that many more viewers were able to relate to the events that took place during this installment, inshā’Allāh.

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